coronavirus lock. A father of four attacked the government for “pushing out” cancer patients after his wife’s brain cancer spread when her chemotherapy was stopped during a coronavirus block.
Andy Jenkinson said stopping life-saving treatment, which had been suspended for several months, had given some patients a “death sentence”.
The 33-year-old man from Bury, Manchester, spoke after his wife Emma, 31, was told her brain cancer had spread after her chemotherapy was stopped during locking.
He is now working to raise awareness and says he has been contacted by hundreds of people in similar situations.
almost 18,000 more people would die from cancer over the next 12 months in England due to the effects of COVID-19. Earlier this year, research estimated that almost 18,000 more people would die of cancer in the next 12 months in England from exposure to COVID-19.
Pitty, you didn’t have the same determination in cancer patients, my wife’s grade 4 brain cancer increased because she was removed from chemotherapy for 2 months with this virus. She is only 31 and we have 4 small children at home. It’s bad enough to be isolated from March, but that topped it 😡😡 https://t.co/nFWUJFKk9Q
– Jenksy (@ andyjenk1) June 19, 2020
“They’ve definitely pushed people aside,” Andy told Yahoo News UK. “I can understand why they focus more on COVID-19, but that doesn’t give them the right to repel people and give them the death penalty.
“What’s the point of telling people to protect themselves and saying we’re saving you from the virus, but at the same time telling people we’re ‘taking away your treatment.’
“It’s pointless. These people may not have been protected. They, too, could go out, live their lives, and still be healed.
He said Emma, who had previously battled cancer once, was diagnosed in 2018 with a type of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme.
“She has been on chemotherapy ever since. In fact, we learned earlier this year that chemotherapy actually works and stops cancer, and growth has even shrunk slightly. We felt quite positive. “
Shortly before the coronavirus was blocked, Emma’s chemotherapy was postponed because one of the couple’s four children had a cough, he said.
The delay was initially seven days, but as the rules for self-isolation changed, Andy said they were told that given Emma’s progress, her chemotherapy would be stopped for several months until they were protected.
“We were worried, but we just kept going. There was nothing we could do, “he said.
“In early May, Emma started to feel really bad. She began to lose her balance, falling. In the worst case, it fell 15-20 times a day. In fact, she fell in the garden quite hard and hit her head on a concrete pillar, so I had to take her to the A&E. “
At that moment, Christie’s Hospital in Manchester, where Emma was being treated, was informed and she was taken for a scan, which showed that her cancer had spread.
“She was told last week that surgery would not happen,” said Andy, who is his wife’s full-time caregiver. “The cancer has gone deeper into the brain and if they do the operation, it will cause a lot of damage and it will not have any quality of life.
“The chemotherapy she is on now has brought her down and she will not get rid of the cancer. They said that if this chemotherapy did not work, 12 months would be very complicated. “
For me, this just proves my argument that many people die from other diseases and many of them have stopped treatment at some point during all this. I’m not saying there is no virus, but it’s not the only thing that kills people, but it is still ignored #cancer # COVID19 pic.twitter.com/vR9D7OMLgU
– Jenksy (@ andyjenk1) September 24, 2020
Andy, who paid tribute to the NHS for the “fantastic” treatment his wife received, said he had contacted a local lawmaker to ask why Emma’s chemotherapy had been stopped but was met with silence.
He decided to speak to raise awareness of the situation.
“I could not sit still. I was angry, frustrated, and unaware of how many people it had affected. I have had hundreds of messages from people saying they are in similar positions.
“It is horrible to know that there are so many people who suffer not only from cancer but also from other diseases such as heart disease.
“The NHS has done an amazing job of treating people who can. They are doing a fantastic job, they have just tied their hands. This is a lack of communication, a lack of organization, a lack of logistical organization. “
He also said the government claims that four out of five cancer patients who continue to be treated is “discouraging” because that means one in five is not.
Yahoo News UK contacted NHS England for comment.
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